Biography

Marianna Hovhannisyan (Yerevan) is a curator and researcher. Her curatorial work and writings focus on contemporary art and education, archive-practice, artwork-artifact-institution relationship, and gender issues through non-human perspective. Some exhibitions and projects include "Archive-Practice" research project (2008-ongoing); "2012—" exhibition (Gyumri International Biennale, RA, 2012); "A Step Aside" group exhibition (Angle Art Contemporaine, FR, 2011); the collaborative exhibition "Soviet AgitArt. Restoration" (artistic project of S. Baghdasaryan, A. Hovhannisyan, BM-Suma Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul 2008; Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, 2011), and "Empty Fields" exhibition-project (a commission by SALT, Istanbul, 2016).

Marianna has been engaged in various institutional practices. She was working: on the educational projects at the Dept. of Fine Arts, Armenian Open University (2006-13); for the organizational team of Summer Seminars for Art Curators, AICA-Armenia (2010); as an assistant of the curators, Armenian Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011). She is a recipient of grants and scholarships from Open Society Institute, Armenian International Women Association, C.Gulbenkian Foundation, Prince Clause Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, and Hrant Dink Foundation. In 2014-15 she was a research fellow at SALT (the first EU-funded Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme, Hrant Dink Foundation) working on the American Board Archives; a curatorial fellow in the scope of "Collecting Matters" collaborative fellowship at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015).

She holds an MA in Global Arts, Visual Cultures Dept., Goldsmiths, University of London (2013-14); a BA in Art Knowledge, Dept. of Fine Arts, Armenian Open University (2003-07). She also participated in the International Summer School for Art Curators (AICA-Armenia, 2006-09); L’Ecole du Magasin, an independent curatorial program in France (2008-09). She is a member of AICA-Armenia.